The War Doctor
Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesDoctor Who
FeaturingWar Doctor
Produced byDavid Richardson
Executive producer(s)
MusicHoward Carter
Release dateDecember 2015 (2015-12) – present

The War Doctor, announced in October 2015, is a Big Finish Productions audio play series based on the TV show Doctor Who. It sees the return of Sir John Hurt as the War Doctor, a role he previously portrayed in the TV story "The Name of the Doctor" as well as more prominently in the 50th Anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor". The series consists of four box sets, each made up of three hour-long episodes, the first released in December 2015, the remaining three volumes followed across 2016 and into 2017.[1][2]

Big Finish Productions announced October 2020 The War Doctor would return portrayed by actor Jonathon Carley, stepping in for the late John Hurt. Nicholas Briggs stated in relation to the recast: "I can confidently say that what Jonathon is doing here will be a fitting tribute to John, in honour of his great work in the role.". Four volumes were announced to be released beginning June 2021.[3][4]


List indicator(s)

This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in at least one season.

Actor Character Appearances
The War Doctor The War Doctor Begins
S1 S2 S3 S4 S1 S2 S3 S4
Sir John Hurt The War Doctor Does not appear
Jonathon Carley Does not appear
Jacqueline Pearce Cardinal Ollistra Does not appear
Nicholas Briggs The Daleks TBA
Dalek Time Strategist Does not appear TBA
Louise Jameson Leela Does not appear Does not appear
Veronica Roberts Ohila Does not appear TBA
Lucy Briggs-Owen Rejoice Does not appear
Carolyn Seymour Does not appear
Beth Chalmers Veklin Does not appear Does not appear
Honeysuckle Weeks Heleyna Does not appear Does not appear
Dan Starkey General Fesk / The Sontarans Does not appear Does not appear
Adèle Anderson Tamasan Does not appear TBA
John Dorney Biroc Does not appear Does not appear


The War Doctor faces the Daleks in four seasons of the Time War.

The War Doctor

Series 1: Only the Monstrous (2015)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Innocent"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsWar Doctor, Rejoice, OllistraDecember 2015 (2015-12)
The Doctor is discovered injured on the planet Keska and is nursed back to health by Rejoice. The planet comes under attack from an enemy and the Doctor assists with the defence.
2"The Thousand Worlds"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsWar Doctor, Rejoice, OllistraDecember 2015 (2015-12)
The Doctor is sent to retrieve a lost Time Lord strategist from Dalek-controlled space.
3"The Heart of the Battle"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsWar Doctor, Rejoice, OllistraDecember 2015 (2015-12)
The Doctor is shocked to learn that a Time Lord strategist is attempting to negotiate peace with the Daleks

Series 2: Infernal Devices (2016)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Legion of the Lost"Nicholas BriggsJohn DorneyWar Doctor, OllistraFebruary 2016 (2016-02)[5]
When the Time Lords make a deal with the ancient Technomancers to resurrect their dead soldiers, the Doctor learns that there is more to the Technomancers' agenda.
2"A Thing of Guile"Nicholas BriggsPhil MulryneWar Doctor, OllistraFebruary 2016 (2016-02)[5]
Forced to work for Ollistra as a prisoner of war, the Doctor investigates a Dalek research base.
3"The Neverwhen"Nicholas BriggsMatt FittonWar Doctor, OllistraFebruary 2016 (2016-02)[5]
The Doctor and Ollistra become caught on different sides of a conflict where Time is shifting to such an extent that their weapons are being constantly adjusted.

Series 3: Agents of Chaos (2016)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Shadow Vortex"Nicholas BriggsDavid LlewellynWar Doctor, OllistraOctober 2016 (2016-10)
The Doctor tracks a Dalek agent to Berlin in 1961 to try and prevent a plan to change history.
2"The Eternity Cage"Nicholas BriggsAndrew SmithWar Doctor, Heleyna, OllistraOctober 2016 (2016-10)
The Doctor must assist a Time Lord strike team in retrieving Ollistra after she's captured by a Sontaran strike force trying to take part in the Time War.
3"Eye of Harmony"Nicholas BriggsKen BentleyWar Doctor, Helayna, OllistraOctober 2016 (2016-10)
The Doctor and Ollistra are trapped on an out-of-control TARDIS as they are forced to face a traitor in the ranks.

Series 4: Casualties of War (2017)

Sir John Hurt died on 25 January 2017. Recording of the series had been completed and was released posthumously.[6][7]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Pretty Lies"Nicholas BriggsGuy AdamsWar Doctor, OllistraFebruary 2017 (2017-02)
Trapped on a distant planet, the Doctor and Ollistra must help defend a small colony while bothered by a time-travelling war correspondent.
2"The Lady of Obsidian"Nicholas BriggsAndrew SmithWar Doctor, Ollistra, LeelaFebruary 2017 (2017-02)
The Doctor investigates strange events in the Obsidian Nebula, which reveals that his old companion Leela is still alive despite being presumed dead in the early days of the Time War.
3"The Enigma Dimension"Nicholas BriggsNicholas BriggsWar Doctor, Ollistra, Leela, the EnigmaFebruary 2017 (2017-02)
The Doctor, Leela and Ollistra must protect Gallifrey from an other-dimensional assault organised by the Daleks.

The War Doctor Begins

Series 1: Forged in Fire

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Light the Flame"[8][9]Louise JamesonMatt FittonWar Doctor, Ohila, DaleksJune 2021 (2021-06)
2"Lion Hearts"[8][9]Louise JamesonLou MorganWar Doctor, Tamasan, Daleks, TharilsJune 2021 (2021-06)
3"The Shadow Squad"[8][9]Louise JamesonAndrew SmithWar Doctor, Tamasan, DaleksJune 2021 (2021-06)

Series 2

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1TBALouise JamesonTBAWar DoctorDecember 2021 (2021-12)[10]
2TBALouise JamesonTBAWar DoctorDecember 2021 (2021-12)[10]
3TBALouise JamesonTBAWar DoctorDecember 2021 (2021-12)[10]

Series 3

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1TBATBATBAWar DoctorMay 2022 (2022-05)[11]
2TBATBATBAWar DoctorMay 2022 (2022-05)[11]
3TBATBATBAWar DoctorMay 2022 (2022-05)[11]

Series 4

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1TBATBATBAWar DoctorDecember 2022 (2022-12)[12]
2TBATBATBAWar DoctorDecember 2022 (2022-12)[12]
3TBATBATBAWar DoctorDecember 2022 (2022-12)[12]

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Work(s) Result Ref.
Audie Awards 2017 Best Audio Drama Only The Monstrous Nominated [13]


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  7. ^ "John Hurt's Final Performance As The War Doctor". Bleeding Cool. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
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  10. ^ a b c "2. Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins 2". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  11. ^ a b c "3. Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins 3". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  12. ^ a b c "4. Doctor Who: The War Doctor Begins 4". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
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